In the first-round group matches of the 1999 World Youth Championship Nigeria '99, three points are awarded for a win and one for a draw. Groups will be determined according to the following criteria (in this order):
- total number of points,overall goal difference, total number of goals scored
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their place shall be determined as follows:
- number of points won in the group matches between the teams concerned,goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concernednumber of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned drawing lots by the Committee for FIFA Youth Competitions
In the event of a drawing of lots being required to determine the ranking within groups after the final round of group matches on 10/11 April, the draw will be made at the FIFA Championship headquarters in Lagos after the games on 11 April.